The high court today ruled that federal lawmakers have the authority to outlaw marijuana use by terminally ill patients, even if it’s prescribed by a doctor for chronic pain, and even if the substance is never taken over state lines.
Why marijuana should be given such special (and legally specious) treatment by the courts and our legislative system is a mystery to me. Well, actually, it’s not. Remember: marijuana was originally made illegal because hemp fiber worked better than plastic, and this was bad for the chemical business. And now, in an effort to curb a consciousness influenced by chemicals other than caffiene, nicotine, and alcohol, government is preventing even those in what we could only call agony from consuming or growing a plant in its natural state.
This amounts to biological warfare of a different kind. And it’s being fought so far outside the limits of human decency that it has motivated me, after many years of cannabis-free living, to explore what it is about marijuana that these lawmakers find so very dangerous.
(Meanwhile, the heroin trade from American-dominated Afghanistan continues, undisturbed.)